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Lake Glendale Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake Glendale

If you are looking for a place in the center of the Shawnee National Forest, then Lake Glendale Recreation Area is for you. Its central location makes it easy to visit main attractions on either side of the forest or any place in-between. Surrounded by tall pine trees and mixed hardwood forests, Lake Glendale Recreation Area offers a wide range of recreation opportunities including hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and bicycling. The picnic area has a large picnic shelter near the lake with party grills for group gatherings. 


Recreation Area brochure/map

Lake Glendale Campgound Map

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Recreation Area is open year-round.
Lake Glendale Beach: Open Daily Memorial Day to mid-August    Mid-August through Labor Day: Open Saturday & Sunday.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Oak Point Campground - Sgl.-$12/Sgl.Elec.$22 - Dbl $24/Dbl.Elec. $44
Swimming Beach Area - $5.00 ages 6 and up, $3.00 1-5, under 1 free.  
Fees Subject to Change.
  • Picnic area is open 6am – 10pm.
  • Beach area is open 11am to 5:30pm Monday - Saturday; Sunday 12pm to 6pm (See above for dates of operation)
  • Swimming allowed at beach only.
  • Pets must be leashed, and are not allowed on the beach or in the designated swim area.
  • Pack It In, Pack It Out, along trails.
  • Stay on the designated trails.
  • Camp only at designated sites.
  • A complete list of site regulations is posted on bulletin boards and at fee stations.
Closest Towns: Vienna, IL 62995 or Eddyville, IL 62928
Water: Campground & picnic areas; Showers at campground.
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire - Jennifer Haner at 618-638-3246
Information Center: For campsite availability contact Lake Glendale Concessionaire, Jennifer Haner (618) 638-3246; email: For general information: Hidden Springs Ranger District (618) 658-2111

General Information


From Harrisburg: Take Highway 145 south 26.5 miles. Turn left into the recreation area off of Hwy 145. 

From Vienna: (intersection I-24 and Hwy 146): Take Hwy 146 east 11 miles to Hwy 145. Go north on Hwy 145 for 2.2 miles and turn right into the recreation area.

From Metropolis: (intersection I-24 and Hwy 145):  Take Highway 145 north 18 miles and turn right into the recreation area.

General Notes:

Fishing Regulations
2 pole & line fishing only
Lg./Smallmouth bass or spotted bass -15” min.
Channel Catfish – Daily limit = 6 
For site specific regulations or to obtain a fishing license go to Illinois fishing regulations.  


Recreation Map

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Picnic tables picnic area has large shelter and grills
Drinking water plus showers in campground
Toilets flush toilets & showers
Boat ramp electric motors only
Tent camping
Camping trailer